Companies helping stabilize the climate
Began to get tweets early this morning about the launch of the Gigaton Awards in Cancun, Mexico, for which I had been one of the judges.
The Gigaton Awards, developed by Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, are based on the Gigaton Throwdown project, launched in 2007, at the Clinton Global Initiative by Sunil Paul. The project encourages entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers to grow companies that stabilize the climate.
The Awards recognize individual companies across six major sectors for their leadership in emissions reductions and sustainable practices. A pool of 28 nominees across six major sectors was selected based on quantitative data indicating emissions reductions on an annual basis. The six sectors include consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, industrials, telecommunications and utilities.
The 2010 nominees included The Coca-Cola Company, Siemens Wind, Vodafone Group, Anheuser- Busch, Sony Corporation, GDF Suez, and 3M (see the attached appendix for a full list of nominees). Each winner goes home with an elegant Gigaton Award trophy, exclusively designed by renowned artist – Yves Behar. The winner of the top award, the Gigaton Prize, will keep the award until its handed off to next year’s winner.
The Gigaton winners and their sectors are: Suzlon (Energy), Vodafone Group (Telecommunications), Reckitt Benckiser Group (Consumer Staples), Nike (Consumer Discretionary), 3M (Industrials) and GDF Suez (Utilities). For more details, see here.